Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Room by Room: Laundry (Troubleshooting)

Today's entry includes a hodge-podge of information abut laundering your clothes and troubleshooting some common problems.

Ever wonder what those hieroglyphics on your tags mean? I have this taped up in my laundry area for reference (sorry for the image has been hanging up awhile.)

  • Sour smell: This happens to kitchen linens, washcloths and towels. The soap, food particles and body oils build up and make for a stinky smelling cloth. My mom's solution is bleach, but I don't necessarily like that smell either. First, try a hot wash and rinse with white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your washer. If that doesn't work, try a hot wash with 1 cup sudsy ammonia and a double rinse. Line drying in the sun will help bleach any stains and adding a nice, natural scent.
  • Along those lines, don't overdo the fabric softener. In fact, I stopped using liquid fabric softener altogether once I saw the mildew that thrived in that section of the dispenser. I don't know what's in it that causes this, but it seems to be some sort of food for nasties!
  • Sweated armpits: Some shirts may be beyond help, but you can try rubbing them with plain soap, like Dove. Then wash in hot, with a little Oxiclean or something similar.
  • Shrunken sweater: Hand wash with Prell shampoo, stretch and lay flat to dry.
  • Dirty baseball hat: Run through a cycle in the dishwasher on the top rack.
  • Grease stains: Use dish detergent and work into stain, rinse as needed. Do not run through the dryer until you are sure stain is removed.
Any tips you want to share?

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